From JR Wasilewski:
I’ve always been a fan of the underdog. There is just something special about watching the person or team that no one ever thought would have a chance come out victorious. Everybody always wants to see the ‘stars’ and ‘legends’, but I have always been just as interested to find the new and up and coming.
That’s what this blog is dedicated to.
Sure, if you come to Warped Tour it is not shocking that you’d want to see bands like A Day To Remember, Paramore, The Devil Wears Prada or 3OH!3. I wanted to see all of them, too. Here are a few bands that maybe you haven’t heard of, but consider adding them to your list of ‘bands to see today’ at the VAN’S Warped Tour 2011:
LIONIZE (Tilly’s/AP Stage)
From Maryland, this band is what would happen if Bob Marley and Clutch had a baby and made Otis Reding the kid’s Godfather. Their sound is a perfect blend of riffs and reggae with soulful vocals that will quickly turn any unfamiliar with the band into fans. Its hard to stand out musically these days and there are no other bands i can think of that sound like Lionize. They are one of the tightest bands on this tour and not one to be missed.
LUCERO (Tilly’s/AP Stage)
Hailing from Tennessee, this band is probably the biggest musical stand out on The Warped Tour. The are equal parts punk, country and good old fashioned rock n roll. Their singer, Tim, has the perfect voice. When he rips through their song ‘That Much Further West’, the chills that hit me are strong and are felt throughout the crowd that is gathered before them. This is one band that you should check out even if you don’t get a chance to see them play. You’ll thank me.
BAD RABBITS (Skullcandy Stage)
I have said this in a few blogs and every interview I’ve done so far this summer, but Bad Rabbits, in my opinion, is the best live band on Warped Tour. From Boston, this band is the real deal in so many ways. What do they sound like? Imagine Morris Day and The Time, only better. When you hear these guys, you can’t help but be drawn in and you can’t help but move! It’s funky as hell and their stage show is second to none. You should consider making these guys the number 1 band on your list. You will not be disappointed.